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Departmental Recycling

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department’s policy is on recycling. (174397)

The recycling policy for Communities and Local Government is:

to meet the cross-government target of increasing the recycling rate to 40 per cent. of total waste arisings by 2010, which the Department has already met, and to increase the rate to 75 per cent. by 2020.

to use resources more efficiently by following the waste management hierarchy; that is, to eliminate the requirement for resources where possible, to reduce consumption and to encourage re-use, to provide recycling and composting schemes wherever possible and to ensure any non-recyclable waste is disposed of by the most sustainable method available

to ensure that

i. all waste is dealt with according to the law and best practice guidance

ii. key staff are trained in what the law and best practice demands

iii. all staff are encouraged to adhere to the waste management hierarchy, avoiding waste production wherever possible, recycling all waste where facilities exist and only using general waste bins for non-recyclable waste

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much and what proportion of its waste her Department recycled in each of the last five years. (174434)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 542W.